Make Room for Dessert with These 9 Tantalizing Recipes

Tired of plain pumpkin pie? Me too. Give boring holiday sweets the boot. Whip up one of these mouthwatering Thanksgiving desserts instead.

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Tired of plain pumpkin pie? Me too.

Last week, I posted a roundup of unique stuffing recipes. This week, we tackle Thanksgiving dessert.

Give boring holiday sweets the boot. Whip up one of these mouthwatering fall desserts instead:

If you like your pumpkin with a boozy kick…

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Try Food and Wine’s Bourbon Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Streusel (I haven’t tried them myself, but Cooper River Distillers– the first legal distillery in Camden – produces a handmade, from-scratch bourbon.)

….or this French Apple Cake with Rum from Once Upon a Chef.

If you can’t wait to get in the holiday spirit…

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Make this Festive Cranberry Topped Cheesecake from Taste of Home. (Remember to buy local New Jersey cranberries!)

If you don’t want to put another thing in the oven…

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Check out Taste of Home’s no-bake Old-Fashioned Banana Cream Pie.

If you love to bake from scratch…

Bake this Snickers Cake from Brown Eyed Baker. I can personally attest that this one is a HIT. It’s a lot of work, but your efforts will pay off. Even if you burn the turkey, your Thanksgiving guests will forget all about it when they taste this decadent treat. If you don’t like coffee in your desserts, don’t worry: you really can’t taste the coffee in this recipe, and it makes the cake super moist. (Buy coffee roasted in South Jersey: my favorite local coffee roaster is Harvest in Medford.)

If you want to make your dessert before the big day…

Spend Thanksgiving Eve putting together this make-ahead Cool, Creamy Chocolate Dessert from Cooking Light.

If you love a good ice cream float…

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Drink up this Caramel Apple Float from Taste of Home.

If stuffing just isn’t enough bread for you…

Put together Bobby Flay’s Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Spicy Caramel Apple Sauce and Vanilla Bean Creme Anglaise. (Got all that? It’s a mouthful.)

If you think chocolate and orange are a match made in culinary heaven…

Try your hand at this Orange Macaron with Dark Chocolate Clementine Ganache recipe from PBS. (I’m planning to make these on Thanksgiving – my first shot at macaron-making, so wish me luck.)

And finally, if you like to keep things super simple…

Put a toothpick in some fresh cranberries and dip them in some store-made caramel dip for an easy, delicious dessert. My almost-four-year-old will be making these while I’m making the macarons. We sampled them at Murphy’s Fresh Markets recently, and we both loved them.

What sweet recipes did I miss? Comment below with your favorite Thanksgiving desserts. 

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